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Poya Asbaghi makes honest Barnsley admission ahead of January transfer window

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Barnsley head coach Poya Asbaghi has admitted that he is looking to improve the club’s current crop of attacking players before making a decision regarding whether to sign a new striker in January.

The Tykes have experienced a miserable campaign in the Championship to date.

Currently 23rd in the second-tier standings, Barnsley will need to improve in 2022 if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation to League One as they are seven points adrift of safety.

Although it is safe to say that the Tykes have been relatively poor in a defensive sense in recent months, their main issue this season has been a lack of firepower.

Cauley Woodrow has only managed to find the back of the net on four occasions for Barnsley in the Championship whilst fellow forwards Aaron Leya Iseka, Devante Cole and Carlton Morris have also struggled with their consistency at this level.

Making reference to the current situation at Oakwell, Asbaghi has revealed that his main priority in the coming weeks is to get the very best out of his attacking players.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, the Tykes boss said: “We need to find more goals and score more goals and that is something everyone is aware of.

“We need to score more goals in this league and I hope the most efficient way is to improve the players in our squad and that is my biggest ambition right now.

“If we get more goals by a player arriving from the outside, that’s another discussion and I will not go into that discussion until another player is here.”

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The Verdict

If Barnsley’s strikers continue to struggle in the second-tier, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Asbaghi decides to stamp his own authority on the club’s squad in the upcoming window by adding to his attacking options.

Asbaghi may be forced into making some moves in January if West Bromwich Albion seal a move for Woodrow who is currently the club’s first-choice striker.

A report from Football Insider earlier this week suggested that the Baggies were in advanced talks with the Tykes over a potential deal for the 27-year-old.

Providing that Asbaghi is able to get his players to step up the mark in the coming months, he may be able to guide Barnsley to safety in the second-tier.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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